The Films of Arthur H. Virtue
Descriptions by Jini Virtue Errichetti
This clip is part of the Arthur H. Virtue collection. Arthur H. Virtue is the primary filmmaker in this collection. His daughter, Virginia Errichetti is the current custodian of the family films. This collection was conserved and digitally transferred through a grant awarded to Virginia Errichetti by the Al Larvick Conservation Fund in partnership with its sponsor Pro8mm. For more information about this collection, visit https://www.allarvickfund.org/films-of-arthur-h-virtue/
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The main family members captured in this collection are:
Father/Filmmaker: Arthur H Virtue 4/1/1914 - 12/31/1986
Wife/Mother: Virginia Florence Magowan 3/2/1918 - 7/23/2005
Daughter: Lois Jean Virtue
Son: Arthur Magowan Virtue
Nephew: James Albert Virtue
Son: Vance Charles Virtue
Niece: Wendy Martin Virtue
Daughter: Virginia (Jini) Lyn Virtue Errichetti
Others in this footage include Minnie (Wilimina) Leticia Hagen, Arthur’s mother-in-law, Minnie (Wilimina) Leticia Hagen and Martha Agnes Kennedy 1874-1960, Arthur’s mother. Additional family members include Arthur’s grandchildren, Vicki, David, Lynn, and Diane. Arthur’s hometown was Northfield, New Jersey, a small town not far from Atlantic City where he worked on the boardwalk.
Collection title: The Films of Arthur H. Virtue
Original format: Super 8 & 8mm film, color, black & white, silent.
Digital format: Footage captured at a standard definition format of 720 x 486 resolution.
Collection size: Approx. 8000ft
Circa: mid 1950s - mid 1980s
Arthur enjoyed “playing around with film and photography,” often shooting trick shots and animating objects and titles for his film. He built a darkroom in the cellar and would often experiment with double exposures and overlays. He also inadvertently became a historical filmmaker as he documented his time working in Atlantic City during the 30’s – 70’s and the many trips the family would take to New York City, Philadelphia, and other areas along the eastern seaboard. He built a frame to hold his Super 8 camera and would shoot miles of the highway as he drove.
1976. Christmas again. (0:08) We see the Christmas tree in the living room. Camera then pans over the living room. Virginia is in a chair with a gift. (0:51) The camera focuses in on Jini and Wendy with Virginia. (1:36) Once again, Duke opens his squeaky toy and plays with it. (2:52) Some dark underexposed footage of the living room. (3:07) Jini’s sister’s family and her grandmother sit in the living room. (3:25) The younger kids sit at a separate kids’ table while the older family members gather around the main table. (4:24) Shots of the outside decorations. (4:47) An underexposed title card of a church. (5:03) A year gets added to the top but it’s difficult to see. We can assume that it is 1976. (5:13) Duke is playing with a toy in the backyard. He even jumps on a table!
(6:10) A clearer title card showing a snowy lake scene. The camera goes out of focus and refocuses on the year 1977. (6:45) Virginia is sitting in her chair, showing off a locket or necklace. (7:01) Wendy and Jini are in the living room. Jini is a freshman at William Paterson College at this point. (7:32) Another shot of the family in the living room. Virginia has to put on her glasses to try to open something. She also gets a new wallet with money in it. (8:28) Jini opening a gift which turns out to be a new black shirt and pants. (9:01) Wendy and cousin Jimmy in the living room. Wendy opens a while shirt. (9:37) Vance and Jimmy are in Jini’s grandmother’s old room playing Pong (she died in the summer of 1977 at age 88). (9:55) Duke died that year, too. Here we can see their new puppy, Shadow, running around the yard. (9:59) We Jini’s brother’s own puppy that he brought over to play. (10:03) The whole extended family is in the living room. (10:18) Jini is on the phone, probably talking to her boyfriend. (10:24) Outside the house, saying goodbye to Jini’s sister and her family as they enter their car. They drive off and wave. (11:22) Shadow exploring in the yard. (11:48) We see brother Arthur with his own puppy and the two dogs playing.